Confidence doesn’t always come easy—especially for a child. This mom’s lunch bag hack is so much more than just a fun way to pack her kids something to eat: it’s a little pick-me-up that any kiddo will totally appreciate.

How mom and blogger Rachel Macy Stafford came to her lunch bag hack is a bit of a winding road. It started a group exercise class, she wan’t entirely comfortable. As a self-proclaimed introvert who (as she puts it) “prefers sweating alone,” the mama felt like she was doing something wrong just about every day. It was her own lack of confidence at this group class that eventually inspired Stafford to consider her kids’ levels of confidence.

In her now-viral Facebook post, Stafford wrote, “Every day, I do something wrong. I’m still learning the procedures and processes that everyone around me has down pat.” After being corrected by her classmates, Stafford admits she felt like giving up. But she didn’t—and that’s when the instructor complimented her. Even though Stafford was fairly certain that the instructor was coming over to correct her, the mama was pleasantly surprised.

Stafford took the idea of complimenting someone when they’re down and passed it on to her kiddos. “Knowing what a little bit of validation did for me on the workout floor inspired me to recognize my children’s strong start,” Stafford revealed in her post. On the outside of their paper lunch bags, she wrote out positive affirmations for her kids.

Coming up with these affirmations wasn’t hard, either. “My affirmations all started with ‘I love how you…’ and it took 10 minutes, at the most,” Stafford wrote.

So what was the result? Stafford writes, “I’ve noticed that many of the positives I pointed out are being accomplished a little bit more assuredly.”

Now that’s a parenting idea that’s “packed” with pure awesomeness.

—Erica Loop

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